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mtDNA is used to test your mother's mother's ... mother's maternal ancestry.  It is difficult to use in a Surname DNA Project for genealogy, as the surname tends to change with  every generation, but some people are beginning to make paper trail connections with mtDNA.  For information, see our mtDNA page. 

Kit Name Most Distant Known Maternal Ancestor Country Subgroup Haplo HVR1 Mutations HVR2 Mutations
N44545 Peacher-Ryan   Unknown Origin Ungrouped H 16311C, 16519C  
87139 Peachey Maranda Andrews, b. 1832, Stewart Co., TN Unknown Origin Ungrouped H 16519C 152C, 263G, 315.1C
187236 Peach   Unknown Origin Ungrouped J 16069T, 16126C, 16212G 73G, 185A, 228A, 263G, 295T, 315.1C, 462T, 489C
231149 Dwyer Ann Arnold b. 1845 Unknown Origin Ungrouped K1a4a1 16093C, 16224C, 16311C, 16519C 73G, 152C, 217C, 263G, 315.1C, 325T, 497T
144690 Corley   Unknown Origin Ungrouped T2 16126C, 16294T, 16296T, 16304C, 16519C  

We encourage everyone who has been mtDNA tested to join their mtDNA haplogroup project.  See our mtDNA Haplogroup Projects page for more information.  

Which test? 

  • If you are seeking information on your deep ancestry (1000s and 10,000s of years ago) the standard, $99 mtDNA test should be sufficient.  (This test is sometimes called HVR1)
  •  If you wish to use your mtDNA result to confirm a maternal ancestry (you and another person share a common maternal ancestor) then you will gain by taking the mtDNA Plus test which costs $149 (This test is sometimes called HVR1 + HVR2)
  • If you wish to test your entire mtDNA sequence, then you’ll want the mtDNA Full Sequence test, which costs $449.   (FTDNAi calls this test “Mega”)  FTDNA suggests this for anyone who doesn’t wish to be upgrading when they need more info – as this will give you the entire sequence.

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